The international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium, has released European annual statistics for 2018, offering a comprehensive picture of the nonwovens industry in Greater Europe. According to the figures, the overall production of nonwovens in Europe grew by around 1.3% in 2018 to reach almost 2.8 million tons. Over the last decade, the annual average growth rate has been nearly 4%.
Overall spunmelt output was almost flat (+0.9% over 2017) while drylaid technologies recorded an increase of 2.1%. The highest apparent growth within drylaid production (in tons) was observed in air-through and hydroentanglement bonding processes, with respectively +7.6% and +4.7%. The hygiene market, still the main end-use for nonwovens by volume, grew by 1.7% in 2018, following a growth of 2.7% in 2017. The main driver of this increase was the incontinence market.
The most meaningful developments were in sales of roll goods for personal care wipes (+2.9%), electronics (+2.8%) and food & beverage applications (+5.7%).
Edana members have access to a complimentary copy of the report “2018 European Nonwovens Production and Deliveries”.